A CHAPEL ST Leonards cleaner who stole thousands of pounds from an elderly customer shopped herself to police, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
Lisa Piercy took the money while working for an 82-year-old woman who was suffering from dementia as well as being partially deaf and having poor eyesight.
Grace Hale, prosecuting, said that although the victim went into hospital and then into a care home Piercy continued to clean the empty property.
Piercy subsequently turned up at a local police station in a drunken state in March 2010 and confessed to forging four cheques.
She claimed her partner Richard Campbell had been putting pressure on her to steal from the ladies she was cleaning for.
Piercy said she stole a total of £5,500 by forging cheques belonging to the 82-year-old.
Piercy, 38, and Campbell, 45, both of Waterside Way, Chapel St Leonards, each admitted four charges of theft between September and November 2009.
They were each given a six month jail sentence suspended for two years with supervision and a requirement to attend alcohol treatment courses.
Julia King, for Piercy, said she was an alcoholic and was in dire financial straits at the time she committed the offences.
Dale Brownless, for Campbell, said he initially thought the first cheque was a gift but when further cheques arrived he realised that could not be the case.
“He was not working at the time. He lost his mother and his aunt very close together and it was those events which triggered his drinking.
“He and his partner are now doing all that they can to distance themselves from their old life.”